American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a soft, brittle, or unhardened shell, often the result of a recent molt.
- n. A soft-shelled aquatic animal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as soft-shelled.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a soft or fragile shell.
“O'Malley imagined the blissful, narcotic innocence of Toby's world where soft-shell crabs crawled into people's mouths and hummed a happy tune as they were chewed and swallowed.”
“Also highlighted is the so-called Trefa Banquet, a controversial 1883 celebration, in Cincinnati, of Hebrew Union College's first graduating class of rabbis that featured such nonkosher delicacies as soft-shell crabs, shrimp salad, oysters and frog's legs.”
“Stealing a glance, I expected it to be brimming with position papers, state secrets, perhaps even the briefing book I'd penned on the primary — "Maryland is famous for soft-shell crabs and political corruption; not necessarily in that order," I recall it began.”
“This makes total evolutionary sense: Traditionally-built turtles (thank you, Ladies 'Detective Agency) don't need to invest resources in speed, soft-shell turtles do.”
“Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal Guest Steven R. Knight ate the pan-seared soft-shell crab with roasted tomato polenta and arugula salad and sauce vierge at the Sofitel hotel's Ici Urban Bistro in Washington, D.C., on May 26.”
“Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal Clockwise from top right, chilled English pea soup with fresh mint; Virginia red beet spring mix salad with Vermont goat cheese and truffle mousse, black olive tapenade, and red beet puree; pan-seared soft-shell crab with roasted tomato polenta and arugula salad with sauce vierge; and a raspberry tart.”
“Shown, the pan-seared soft-shell crab with roasted tomato polenta, arugula salad and sauce vierge.”
“• Swap shrimp tempura or soft-shell crab rolls for California or shrimp/cucumber rolls.”
“The soft-shell crab is very good, and you might catch a glimpse of Russell Crowe—he has an apartment nearby.”
“Nau's range of soft-shell coats includes an equestrian-inspired "Riding Jacket" in which Mr. Modine is often seen.”
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